Police Probe Into Telecom Fraud After Two Student Deaths

(Xinhua News Agency, Aug. 26, 2016. Complete text:) Jinan - Four men have been arrested in connection with a telecom fraud case in east China’s Shandong Province, believed to have led to the death of a teenager, local police said Friday [Aug. 26].

Xu Yuyu, an 18-year-old high school graduate in Linyi City, Shandong Province, died on Aug. 19 of cardiac arrest after she lost her tuition money to a telecom fraudster.

Xu’s mother received a phone call on Aug. 19 demanding her bank account information so Xu could receive a grant for the upcoming college semester.

"The person said we should transfer money to another bank account, and he promised that in half an hour the money would be returned along with the grant of 2,600 RMB," said Xu’s mother.

Xu deposited 9,900 RMB (about $1,500), which her family had saved to pay tuition for her upcoming freshman year, to the bank account. When she called the number back, it was out of service.

Xu and her father went to the police to report the theft.

"My daughter was so shocked and sad when we came out of the police station. She was sitting in my tricycle and when I turned back to check on her, she had collapsed on the tricycle," said Xu Lianbin, her father.

Xu died of cardiac arrest 11 days before she was supposed to begin studies at Nanjing University of Post and Telecommunications, where she was admitted as an English Literature major.

Xu’s mother is disabled, and her father works at a construction site. It took the family a lot of work to raise enough money for her first year tuition, and losing it all was unbearable, Xu’s relatives told Xinhua.

Xu was not the only victim. Just a few miles away, another student, Song ...

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